This week we delved into the world wide web and what uploading and downloading is. We investigated how each of those concepts work and what they do for us. The younger students saw what uploading and downloading would look like if it was real life and had a go at downloading a picture. The middle years had a crack at downloading a file and using it to create a presentation and the older students learned about different file types and uploaded them onto a secure google drive.
Back to electrical power this week! We had a go at making circuits this time and were able to explore various aspects of electrical energy. The younger students learned what an electron was and how they move around a circuit to create electrical energy. The middle years explored what conductivity is and how to complete circuits using various conductive and non-conductive materials. The upper years students delved into what parallel circuits are and why they are beneficial for using multiple components at once.
This week we got lots in knots. We attempted to learn knots using several thinking strategies across the year levels. The younger students practiced step by step thinking to help develop good habits for coding and how to slow down to problem solve. Across the older year levels students focused on how friction works in holding knots together and how we can use pictures and stories to help memorize a process.
In S.T.E.M. this week we shook things up, this is because we’d normally do the Annual Australian Bird Count but we missed it because of Covid-19. Instead this week was all about adaptations, we looked at how these adaptations manifest in birds. We observed their movements and the way their beaks are shaped to predict what they might eat. Turns out watching birds is harder than it looks and requires a bit of patience and persistence. The older students then thought about how habitat affects bird diversity and compared how the different habitats around the school shapes species count of the birds.
This week we explored the nature of solids, liquids and gases in more depth. We had a go at making lemon volcanoes and observing how they work. The older students studied the chemical formula of the materials and the younger students had a look at how the chemicals changed throughout the process. We watched as the surface area of the substances influenced how it worked and how the reaction changed. The younger students had a go at predicting result and observing the results where as the older students focused on why it happened from a chemical science prospective.
In Week 3 of this term we checked out the joys of lemons! Specifically how they can work to help produce some electron flow and power a light. We attached zinc and copper electrodes onto them and generated electricity. Amazingly it worked and the lights turned on. We discussed positives and negatives and the older students had a look at what cathodes and anodes are and how electron circuits flow. The younger students then had a go at replicating a electron flow as a class with some of us playing the lemons, copper, zinc, wires and a light bulb.
In our second week the students explored some cool chemistry. We looked at solids, liquids and gases. We found out that you can create a lava lamp using a few select ingredients. We then practiced our scientific observation and careful note-taking by watching the experiment carefully and recording what happens accurately. The older students discussed density while the younger students thought about where the gases was in the lava lamps. If you’d like to do the experiment at home, watch the video below:
This week was all about bringing together what we’d learned. The students had to think about how to make something incredible that could teach people about what they’d learned throughout our plastics unit. Some of the things they came up with were absolutely incredible. From songs to posters we had a range of home projects that were creative and impactful. Check them out below:
In our second last week of term we investigated the value of forests. What they are, how they function and why they are so important to our lives. We found out that without forests a lot of the things we take for granted couldn’t be possible like fresh air, medicines and well functioning water cycles. The younger students had a go at making some little vegetable patches in the gardens and growing vegetables and seedlings from scratch to observe how forest trees might grow. The younger students also looked at different types of seeds and learned to work out what seeds actually look like in real life, some of which were very surprising!
This week was all about cotton buds, what they are, how they’re made and how we can design them better. We watched a couple of videos on how they’re made and the reasons they are good, then we had a crack at making our own. The older students also had a good go at doing some solid research on what alternative materials could be used instead and came up with some great solutions. Have a look at them below: